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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:28 pm
by Ms Honey
I'm reading Stephen Fry's autobiography at the moment. Fabulous and interesting book and so well written (I can hear his voice in my head as I read it!)

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Can any one suggest another biography worth reading? :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:32 pm
by cosham
Roy Jenkins, book on Churchill is worth reading.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:38 pm
by No Chance
Neil Warnock's is very good, as is Andy McNab's and Chris Ryan's, if you're into that sort of thing. Football manager John Gregory's was also very good, I recall.

I've only read a bit of each, but Jonathan Davies (former Wales International rugby player) and Martyn Williams (another Wales player) autobiographies are very good also. I'm just ordering Ronan O'Gara's (Munster and Ireland player) autobiography now. :thumb:

I liked Jeremy Beadle's autobiography as well as John Major's, whilst we're at it.

I've quite a few autobiographies to read that I'm yet to get round to. :o

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:40 pm
by martyn20
Thatcher - The Downing Street years

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:45 pm
by Ms Honey
martyn20 wrote:Thatcher - The Downing Street years


Actually, although I'm not and never was, a Thatcher supporter, I suspect that's a jolly good read - might give it a go!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:47 pm
by Whirliegig
Nigel Slater's Toast is a very entertaining if frothy souffle read.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:48 pm
by martyn20
Ms Honey wrote:
martyn20 wrote:Thatcher - The Downing Street years


Actually, although I'm not and never was, a Thatcher supporter, I suspect that's a jolly good read - might give it a go!


The second book which was about her younger life is not quite as good but she personally signed mine so it's dear to me

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:32 pm
by Socha
These days I get stuck in almost every book as I can't find the concentration, but I'm halfway down Clive James' autobiography and I've already cried tears of laughter...

I'm a big fan of (auto)biographies. Some time ago I had a sudden urge to read old Hollywood moviestar biographies like Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart etc... lovely... :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:36 pm
by Ms Honey
Socha wrote:
I'm a big fan of (auto)biographies. Some time ago I had a sudden urge to read old Hollywood moviestar biographies like Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart etc... lovely... :)


Hi Socha :wave:

Oh what a great idea! I bet they make fascinating reading.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:06 am
by Bowker's cat
this may seem an odd recommendation but George Formby - Troubled Genius by David Bret is a brilliant read.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:38 am
by Raffles
Jackie Chan- Who am I?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:36 pm
by Deb Arkle
I love autobiographies - I tend to go to the library for them, then you'll find some you wouldn't normally read. Two of my faves have been Katie Puckrick, 'Shooting from the Lip' and Toyah willcox, 'Living out Loud'. Toyah was a virgin til her 21st birthday, and when a friend asked what she wanted for her b/day she asked him for a shag!

Ronnie Barker's was very funny, Boy George's was fascinating, Mommie Dearest about Joan Crawford was awful (she was bonkers) - I've been looking for a book about the Von Trapp family, but haven't been able to find one yet...... :hmmm:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:21 pm
by dannybutcher
Lemmy's autobiography was a great read. :thumb:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:25 pm
by True red
No Chance wrote:Neil Warnock's is very good, as is Andy McNab's and Chris Ryan's, if you're into that sort of thing. Football manager John Gregory's was also very good, I recall.

I've only read a bit of each, but Jonathan Davies (former Wales International rugby player) and Martyn Williams (another Wales player) autobiographies are very good also. I'm just ordering Ronan O'Gara's (Munster and Ireland player) autobiography now. :thumb:

I liked Jeremy Beadle's autobiography as well as John Major's, whilst we're at it.

I've quite a few autobiographies to read that I'm yet to get round to. :o


I've seen some extracts from Neil Warnock's and it does seem good. I don't normally read biographies, but his does look good.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:39 pm
by Deb Arkle
dannybutcher wrote:Lemmy's autobiography was a great read. :thumb:

I bet it was! I'll look out for it. I'd like to read Noddy Holder's too.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:10 pm
by Bowker's cat
dannybutcher wrote:Lemmy's autobiography was a great read. :thumb:


..White Line Fever

"A Drink with Shaun Mcgowan" and Ginger Geezer (Viv Stanshall) are both good reads as well.

Best music biog for me would have to be Redemption Song (Joe Strummer).

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:21 pm
by kisangani
I personally prefer biographies as they are more objective about the subject .Autobiographies are highly subjective and misleading as it is nigh on impossible to be upfront without justifying one's unjustifiable behaviour or resist the urger to sensationalise.Before emails took over the world I loved the posthumous letters published between some famous author or person and whoever.... very revealing but nobody has the art of letter writing any more.Sadly.
The autobiog.section is so littered with politicians or semi celebrities I have not read one in years now.Darn celebs. do it in annual updates as well.How cynical and disingenuous.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:38 pm
by martyn20
I am getting a biography of Thomas Jefferson for Xmas, find the founders of the USA so interesting, we did treat them very badly

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:05 pm
by ThinBoy
Gutlesswonder wrote:I personally prefer biographies as they are more objective about the subject .Autobiographies are highly subjective and misleading as it is nigh on impossible to be upfront without justifying one's unjustifiable behaviour or resist the urger to sensationalise.Before emails took over the world I loved the posthumous letters published between some famous author or person and whoever.... very revealing but nobody has the art of letter writing any more.Sadly.
The autobiog.section is so littered with politicians or semi celebrities I have not read one in years now.Darn celebs. do it in annual updates as well.How cynical and disingenuous.

They sure are - have you ever read Michael Jackson's?!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:42 pm
by pompey73
I love Biogs too - pretty much all I ever read these days!

I'm reading Keith Allens' at the moment, it's very entertaining. My favourite, and one that I've read over & over, is Frank Skinners, extremely funny and very interesting. Dale Wintons is also good. :oops: